CCAD’s sustainability efforts continued Sunday as nearly 40 recycling and waste stations were placed around campus. Funded by a $19,800 grant from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO), the stations feature side-by-side receptacles—one for waste and one for recycling.
CCAD’s Sustainability Committee applied for the SWACO grant, which also funded 1,000 water bottles given to students during the first week of classes and 10 water bottle filling stations installed in August.
The recycling containers will collect newspapers, printed and writing paper, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, and cans. To evaluate the programs’ effectiveness, CCAD will measure solid waste data to compare the volume of recycling versus waste generation.
Advertising & Graphic Design senior James Carpenter channeled his own passion for sustainability when he created the design for the recycling and waste stations. Carpenter’s photo-based design shows an overflowing landfill on the waste receptacle to remind students exactly where their trash goes.
“[The stations] stimulate the user to make them very aware of what they’re doing,” Carpenter said. “I think it will make people call out other students for not recycling.”
Director of Liberal Arts and member of the sustainability committee Kim Landsbergen hopes CCAD students, as future artists and designers, will take issues of sustainability to heart.
“Sustainability is an essential component of a 21st century art [and] design education,” Landsbergen said. “Sustainability literacy is a useful tool to have in your toolkit, as a designer and a citizen of the world.”
The sustainability committee’s efforts have lead to many other significant changes in the past few years including move-out recycling drives, the use of recycled mulch, a composted waste program, and recycled flatware and to-go containers in the cafeteria.
Carpenter is from Crestline, OH, where he attended Crestline High School.
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